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Fitch boosts Canadian coverage

Credit rating agency adding five senior analysts to it Toronto office

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Handling passive-investment rules

Recent changes to the way that active business income earned within a private corporation is taxed may affect some of your high net-worth clients

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Slideshow: How a firm’s ratings impact advisors’ recommendations

Although advisors are likely to recommend their firm to another advisor, this changes sometimes based on their perception of their brokerage

Slideshow: Measuring up each firm’s average advisor

Although overall AUM and productivity are up, this isn’t the case at all firms in this year’s Brokerage Report Card

Brokerage Report Card 2018: Editors discuss this year’s results

Brokerage Report Card 2018: Editors discuss this year’s results

Advisors’ businesses are stronger than ever

Firms struggle to deliver

Although advisors reported another all-time high average book of business, they're dealing with much uncertainty due to the major changes their firms and the industry…

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How investment advisors rated their firms

  • By: IE Staff
  • April 27, 2018 October 17, 2019
  • 00:22

Two firms face opposite paths

After a rough showing in 2017, BMO Nesbitt Burns and ScotiaMcLeod faced very different assessments from their advisors this year

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Advisors favour action on commissions

Although 63.5% of advisors surveyed for the Report Card favour regulators addressing concerns surrounding the use of embedded commissions, opinions were split regarding the right…

Strong reputation is critical

A firm's standing in the eyes of clients and prospective clients is one of the most important issues for advisors, but some firms have work…

  • By: Leah Golob
  • April 27, 2018 October 17, 2019
  • 00:18

Back offices still are works in progress

Advisors at four firms cited recent changes that have made the experience of dealing with their back office more difficult

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Advisors toast their firms

  • By: IE Staff
  • April 27, 2018 October 17, 2019
  • 00:16

Divergent views on managers

Advisors with bank-owned brokerages were split in their opinions of the roles their branch managers fulfil. Some oppose the producing branch manager model others said…

Struggles with online access

Advisors with five of the 12 firms in the Report Card rated their brokerages lower by half a point or more in the "online account…

Much work to be done

Survey participants raise several concerns

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Dissatisfaction with regulators increases

Although the BCSC's ratings increased year-over-year, no other regulators in the survey experienced a similar fortune

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Time to make a move on commissions

The investment industry wants regulators to make a decision on embedded commissions once and for all

How we did it

IE research journalist Anthony Burton spoke with 108 survey participants from across the investment industry

Debating regulators’ role in cybersecurity

While some survey participants said regulators should be doing more about cybersecurity, others said the onus is on the industry

Regulators focus on fintech

Provincial regulators were recognized for facilitating fintech, but some survey participants still had concerns

A balancing act for regulators

Regulators are doing a better job of protecting investors without restricting business, but more needs to be done

Approaches to small firms differ greatly

The OSC, BCSC and ASC were praised for making life easier for smaller dealers, but the same can't be said for the SROs and the…

  • By: Leah Golob
  • March 29, 2018 October 17, 2019
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Slideshow: Gauging advisors’ relative productivity

Although productivity is becoming more critical, there are signs that the best-paid sales forces aren’t necessarily the most productive

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Slideshow: The top 10 rated firms in this year’s Report Card series

The firms with which advisors are most pleased come from every channel in the Report Card series, but share some key traits